The new Ferrrari FF Review happens to be in your future acquisitions list, then you should try the configurator Ferrari has just placed online for it. However, we should warn you, no matter what color you choose, the car won’t look any better.
The FF has an odd hatchback-shape, designed by Pininfarina.Ferrari’s patented four-wheel-drive weighs 50% less than a conventional four-wheel-drive system, maintaining a rear-biased 47:53 weight distribution. Inside, the rear seats fold down to make more luggage room. It can accommodate four people.
The FF's calling card is a new 6,262-cc, 65-degree V12, with direct gasoline injection, fully variable valve timing, graphite-coated pistons and 12.3:1 compression. The engine generates a peak of 651 hp on 93 octane, precisely at its 8,000-rpm redline, with 504 lb-ft of torque at 6,000 rpm. That's about 103 hp for each of the six-plus normally aspirated liters of displacement. Yet Ferrari claims that, thanks to direct injection, friction reduction and low-drag accessories, its new V12 reduces specific fuel consumption nearly 25 percent compared with the old one. These are good times.
The transmission is an update of Ferrari's F1DCT dual-clutch automanual with seven speeds. The FF will be offered in North America with an economizing HELE option, which adds low-e, brushless fan motors, an economy-oriented transmission-control mode, a more efficient air-conditioning compressor and a start-stop feature. Ferrari says it can improve fuel mileage by 2 percent to 3 percent.
Ferrari has always been popular in the GCC, especially in the UAE and Saudi Arabia. Expect to see the 2012 Ferrari FF on the streets of Dubai and Abu Dhabi, or more likely doing rounds in Jumeirah, although it likely won’t sell as much as Ferrari thinks it will sell.